Middle school custodian charged with sex crime

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DENVER — A middle school custodian in Elizabeth has been arrested and charged with felony internet luring of a child, police reported Monday.

Following up on reports that he had used the internet in an attempt to meet two girls under the age of 15 in order to have sex, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant Friday on the home of 53-year-old Michael Pertamala, an employee at Elizabeth Middle School. The suspect was arrested at the scene.

Petramala had detailed explicit sexual activities that he was planning with the juveniles and had agreed to bring alcohol and lingerie, police said. He allegedly admitted to the crime during his arrest.

Members of the Elizabeth School District cooperated in the investigation, police said.

“There is a group of public safety, law enforcement and fire professionals, as well as educators, that have made our kids’ safety a priority in Elbert County,” Sheriff Shayne Heap said. “This most recent arrest demonstrates the unified effort and spirit of cooperation.”

It was not immediately clear if any actual children were involved, or if Petramala had been the target of a police operation all along.